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CBSE Class 10th Results 2018: Pass percentage of Delhi government schools drops by 23.12 %

The government schools, which had outperformed the private ones under the optional board exams last year, have put up a poor show this time.

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The pass percentage of the government schools stood at 69.32%
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The pass percentage of the Delhi government schools dropped by 23.12 per cent points in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X examination. The government schools, which had outperformed the private ones under the optional board exams last year, have put up a poor show this time.

The pass percentage of the government schools stood at 69.32 per cent against last year’s 92.44 per cent, as provided by the AAP government. This was the first batch of students to appear for the Class X board examinations after the CBSE decided to discontinue the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system and reintroduce the board exams. Under the CCE system, the board exam was optional for students.

Citing the fact that the board exams were happening after few years, Education Minister Manish Sisodia took to the Twitter saying, “Many congratulations to all students who have passed the Class 10 CBSE Board exams. It was a tough year for all students as Board exams were happening after 10 years.” The Board had decided to make the Class X exams optional in 2009 to lift the stress of public exams off the shoulders of students.

Earlier in February, just one month ahead of the board exams, only 31 per cent students had passed the Class X pre-board exams in the government schools. Afterwards, Sisodia asked the Directorate of Education (DoE) to take action against the subject teachers and heads of schools having pass percentage below 10 per cent. Following which, teachers at around 120 schools were served show cause notices.

Evading a comparison from last year’s pass percentage, Sisodia rather evaluated it in terms of the pre-board results. “Would specially like to congratulate teachers and principals of govt schools, who have worked very hard in improving the pass percentage from the pre-boards (30%), to boards (70%). Great work by the whole Team Education,” he tweeted.

Explaining the reason behind the “poor performance” of the government schools, teachers said they worked under “acute staff crunch” throughout the year. “Of the sanctioned strength of 66,736 teachers, only 38,926, or 58.3 per cent, were filled until February. One teacher helped in more than one school to finish the syllabus. We can’t be expected to do a miracle,” said a government teacher.

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Earlier in February, just one month ahead of the board exams, only 31 per cent students had passed the Class X pre-board exams in the government schools.

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